Reader Q&A #1

Sleep

As more of you visit the blog I’ve gotten an increasing number of questions – which I love and am happy to answer! I sometimes reply directly in the comment thread where the question is posed but, for those of more general interest I thought I’d answer them here in a post. Here goes!

Q: I have a very active metabolism and I tend to want to eat a lot before bed, I know this isn’t usually encouraged. Are there any good foods to eat before bed that would be better for me and my sleep/dreams? Or do I need to stop that altogether?

A: Well, this is actually a complicated question. Generally, natural healing systems frown on eating soon before bed so as to go to sleep with undigested food in your stomach. Ayurveda has a saying: Eat no more when the clock strikes four. (Yikes! Done with dinner by 4:00 pm? No dessert?) The idea is to be finished with digesting any and all food before falling asleep. Since this digestion takes 2-4 hours, you don’t have a lot of leeway.

But… all rules were meant to be broken. If, like you, a person has a fast metabolism (pitta people), and the food slips out of the stomach sooner, you are graciously allowed to eat closer to bedtime. In fact, you are encouraged to, to keep your blood sugar and nutrient levels up and adequate in your blood. And vata people, who have insufficient digestive energy and tend toward low blood sugar, often do well with a before bed snack-something like a whole grain cookie and warm milk with cinnamon and clove, that will help stabilize the blood sugar during the night.

Ultimately, the rules are just there to help you learn about yourself, and how to keep yourself balanced and healthy.. Feel free to adjust your program to make it fit your needs more closely.


2 Comments

  • Beverly says:

    Will detox tea raise my blood pressure which is already too high

  • Yogi says:

    Hi Beverly! We appreciate you reaching out to us regarding our DeTox tea.

    Here at Yogi, we take a conservative stand when it comes to individual health, especially with regard to specific medical conditions such as high blood pressure. While not all of our teas carry warnings, please note that Yogi DeTox tea does carry a warning to consult your healthcare provider prior to use if you are pregnant or nursing, taking medication or if you have a medical condition. In light of this warning and given that every individual responds uniquely to particular herbs and botanicals, we strongly recommend you consult your qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have about your individual health and the consumption of Yogi DeTox. He or she is best suited to identify any substances to which you may be uniquely sensitive, and to make a recommendation in light of your personal medical profile.

    Thank you again for reaching out, and we welcome you to email customerservice@yogiproducts.com with any further questions. Be well!

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